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Odyssey Continues With Fall Series

Odyssey 2007-08 continues its series of lectures and films under the theme of "The Leadership Imperative: A Mandate for Social Responsibility."

The schedule of events for the second half of October and Nov. 1 is as follows:

  • On Monday, Oct. 22, Imelda Buncab the outreach and training director for the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) in Los Angeles, a non-government human rights organization exclusively dedicated to serving survivors of trafficking, will lecture from 3:30-4:45 p.m. in the psychology building, Room 150. The title of her presentation is "Human Trafficking Comes Home: The Role of Los Angeles in the Global Trafficking Network." Buncab’s duties include program management, training, outreach, technical assistance, mentoring, and capacity building to other anti-trafficking projects. She has conducted trainings and presentations locally, nationally, and internationally and is also the Western Region Coordinator for the Freedom Network Institute on Human Trafficking, a national training project presented by CAST and six nationwide Freedom Network USA collaborative partners. Buncab is a member of the Los Angeles Metro Task Force on Human Trafficking and chairs the Law Enforcement Training Committee.

Prior to joining CAST, Buncab was the project coordinator for Project Safe Haven, an anti-trafficking program in San Diego. Her primary responsibilities included the provision of comprehensive victim services to trafficked persons as well as training and outreach. She actively participated in the Stop Trafficking and Slavery Speaker’s Bureau, conducting training and outreach to various non-government organizations (NGOs), the community, law enforcement and governmental agencies. Buncab has also contributed to the development of Stop Trafficking and Slavery, a resource manual and protocols guide in effectively responding to trafficking cases in San Diego County. In addition, she has trained various law enforcement agencies, NGOs, faith-based groups, and communities on violence against women issues and trafficking. She has extensive experience in providing victim services to sexual assault, domestic violence, and trafficking survivors as well as working in collaborative settings.

  • On Monday, Oct. 31, Dr. Becky Kuhn will give a lecture titled "Beyond Medicalization: Community and HIV/AIDS in Africa," from 3:30-4:45 p.m. The location is to be announced.

Kuhn stepped down as a physician at the Comprehensive AIDS Resource Education program to approach the disease from another angle. In 2005, she launched a non-profit group called Global Lifeworks. Headed by a seven-member board and fueled by private funding, the group has lofty goals. Among them is an aim to challenge racial and homophobic stereotypes, break the HIV community free from its stigma, and bring the community-at-large together in a relationship based on commonality. And, at its foundation, is an aim to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV and AIDS.

  • On Thursday, Nov. 1, Thoric Cederstrom, Vice President of Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture/Global Health and Nutrition, will lecture, with the time and place to be announced. Cederstrom is an expert in sustainable agriculture and has broad experience in participatory food security assessments, program design, and monitoring and evaluation, including anthropometric surveys.

Cederstrom was Food Security Policy Advisor from 1997-2002, providing technical support to field offices on monitoring and evaluation and program design. From 1990-97, he was a research social scientist in the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology at the University of Arizona where he coordinated the Farmer-to-Farmer Program, an international agricultural technical assistance program. Cederstrom has directed programs involving agroforestry, water and soil management, field crop cultivation, biological pest control/integrated pest management, aquaculture/mariculture, animal care and health, fruit and vegetable groein, marketing and credit, livestock and range management, watershed management, and irrigation.

For more information about these of future Odyssey events, contact Rachel Brophy at 562/985-4546 or visit the Odyssey Web site.